No child should be held back from their dreams due to dental disease. When kids have good oral health, they are better able to learn, grow, and achieve their potential. Dental coverage opens the door to the care children need to stay cavity-free or get treatment for a dental issue before it becomes more a painful, expensive problem. With Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), children and adolescents can count on comprehensive coverage, including dental care, which is designed to meet their unique needs in childhood.

This factsheet highlights the current circumstances and future opportunities for Medicaid and CHIP to support children’s oral health.